Yesterday was a big news day. I can’t even imagine was it was like to work in the business. I’m sure it was a busy day for all.
I purposely stayed home to watch the Paula Deen interview on Today. I have always liked Paula Deen. I have cooked many of her recipes, I own her cookware and I’ve been to her restaurant (which was unimpressive BTW). I admit I’ve felt a little sorry for her these last couple of weeks. I was really hoping that she would say something that would “clear her name” and shed favor on her in the American eye. I was rooting for her.
Unfortunately that is not what we got. She stumbled and rambled through an obviously rehearsed speech. In my opinion, it didn’t seem genuine. The kicker was how she was sniffling and wiping her eyes, but no tears ever fell. Not a single one! I’m sorry but when you are really upset you can’t stop the tears from falling.
So it looks like Paula’s professional career might be over. At least for a while. Don’t feel sorry for her. She is still rich and set for life. She’s just not going to be popular anymore.
I spent the afternoon streaming the Trayvon Martin trial. I wasn’t going to watch the trial at all, but I figured if I can give hours of attention to Casey Anthony, I could do the same for Trayvon.
On the stand was Rachel Jeantel, the friend and last person to speak to Trayvon before he was murdered. Folks, including myself, were criticizing her for the way in which she delivered her testimony. Yes, I get it, she’s only 19 and she speaks better slang than proper English. Yes, I get it, that she had typical teenage attitude and rolled her eyes several times. My problem with her is that she would not SPEAK UP.
She had to be told, probably 50 times, to speak up and speak into the microphone so that everyone could hear her. The court reporter had to keep asking her to repeat herself so she could record her testimony correctly. It was a travesty.
This girl’s testimony was riveting. Her recollection of events was as sharp as it could be. This was so important to the prosecution’s case, and now it could possibly be harmed because the jury couldn’t hear her.
Look, I have a three-year old. And when she mumbles and talks softly I tell her to use her big girl voice and speak up so I can hear her. And you know what, she does. She is 3 so I don’t always understand what she is saying, but she follows simple directions and speaks louder when asked.
Rachel is back on the stand today. I hope she got some good coaching last night and is prepared to speak loudly and clearly today. Her testimony weighs so heavily on this case.
What did you think of Paula Deen’s appearance on the Today show? Do you feel sorry for her at all? Do you think it’s right that she is getting dropped by all of her sponsors?
Did you listen to Rachel Jeantel’s testimony? What did you think of her delivery? Do you think she is helping or hurting the prosecution?